Sunday, October 21, 2012

What's Happening Around Town for October 21

Red Barn - A New Musical
Independent Shakespeare Co. presents a new musical based on an old case, Red Barn, written by David Melville, directed by Melissa Chalsma and starring David Bickford, Robert Alan Beuth, Mary Guiliiams, Matthew Michael Hurley, Aisha Kabia, David Melville, Ashley Nguyen, Nikhil Pai, Dana Pollak, Erika Soto, Claudia de Vasco. Writer David Melville grew up hearing the true story of an 1826 murder in a nearby village. The mole-catcher’s daughter and the son of a wealthy landowner had an illicit affair. She became pregnant. What followed involved extraordinary subterfuge, a former convict of an Australian Penal Colony, a school for young girls, a wife located via an ad in the London Times, and 20,000 people attending the public execution of William Corder. October 25-November 18, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, www.iscla.org. Click Here for a sample of the music.


Midnight Mission Rocky Horror
An evening of music from The Rocky Horror Show featuring an All-Star cast will take place on Saturday, October 27 – two shows at 9pm and 11pm. Proceeds from the event will go to support The Midnight Mission which provides life necessities and job placement for the homeless. Tickets will be available at the door and are a $15 suggested donation. Musical direction is by Jake Anthony and choreography by Lindsay Martin, featuring Christa Hamilton, Michael Montiel, Mark Torres, Corey Affron, Janet Paraiso, Ben Hensley, Paul Hovannes, Nick Menecola, and Lindsay Martin. Archway Studio/Theatre, 305 South Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.


How To Train Your Diva
The Coterie is proud to present Boston Legal star Ryan Michelle Bathe in the world premiere of How to Train Your Diva, October 27 at 8:30 pm. Join Ryan Michelle Bathe as she recounts some of the drama and destiny that has been her journey as an actress and singer in New York and Hollywood. Click Here for tickets.

SDMT Presents White Christmas
San Diego Musical Theatre announces the final production of their 2012 season, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, December 13 - 23 at the Birch North Park Theatre. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaption features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and will star David Engel, Laura Dickinson, Jeffrey Parsons, Jill Townsend. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander.  The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean" and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas." Directed by Todd Nielsen with choreography by Lisa Hopkins and musical direction by Don LeMaster. www.sdmt.org


Christmas My Way - El Portal Theatre
Christmas My Way - A Sinatra Holiday Bash! starring Luca Ellis, Jason Graae, Heather Lee, and Beth Malone, directed by David Grapes with musical direction by V
ince di Mura, will play the El Portal Theatre December 15 – 31, 2012, with low price previews December 13 & 14 and special New Year’s Eve performances on December 31. Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson with a book by Olson and original musical and vocal arrangements by Vince di Mura, the show serves up cool versions of Sinatra mainstays like "Fly Me To The Moon," "New York, New York," "That¹s Life," and "The Lady is a Tramp". Joined by a swingin’ live band, they make a little hey-hey with groovy versions of such Sinatra Christmas hits like "Mistletoe and Holly," "The Christmas Song," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." So, Ring-a-ding-ding! And get set for a fresh, knocked-out coo-coo Sinatra Christmas, with 40 classic hits perfect for the holidays. For Tickets call 818-508-4200, 866-811-4111 or go to www.elportaltheatre.com.


A Snow White Christmas Offers Family Packages
Family ticket packages are now available for A Snow White Christmas with prices starting at $99.00 for a four-ticket package. The show will run December 13 - 23 with a gala press opening night on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm at The Pasadena Playhouse. An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, A Snow White Christmas features family-friendly magic with a comedic twist, dancing, a live miniature pony and contemporary music. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 - 102!  Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday music, crafts, activities, games and photo opportunities. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

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